Sunday, May 18, 2008

Tinley Park campground saying goodbye

Southtown Star - Chicago,IL,USA
Phil and Pat DeGregorio bought the Windy City Campground and Beach Resort as an investment for their family 31 years ago.

Saturday, they started saying goodbye.

For the next two weekends, the longtime Tinley Park campground is hosting a going-out-of-business sale. The DeGregorios are handing over the property May 27 to make way for Panduit Corp.'s new corporate headquarters.

"It has been a gradual weaning," Pat DeGregorio said on the sale's first day. "It's still hard. We have put a life's worth of blood and sweat into this place."

The entire operation needs to go, from lawn mowers, picnic tables and extension cords to life jackets, ceiling fans and dining chairs.

Frankfort's Linda Morrison paid a final visit before departing with a $3 swimming tube festooned with a cartoon Tasmanian Devil.

"It is kind of sad. Campgrounds are going away," Morrison said. "This was the last one."
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